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NJ boy, 4, found with dead mom was living on sugar

UNION, N.J. — A naked, malnourished 4-year-old boy found inside an apartment with the body of his mother, dead for days, had resorted to eating from a bag of sugar and weighed only 26 pounds, police said Wednesday as adoption offers poured in from around the world.

The boy’s mother, identified Wednesday as Kiana Workman, 38, of New York City’s Brooklyn borough, was discovered dead Tuesday on the floor of her bedroom after maintenance workers at the apartment complex in northern New Jersey reported a foul odor. Because the chain lock was on, police said, the boy could not get out.

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Officer Joseph Sauer said the boy was naked but coherent and not crying when he kicked in the door and his partner lifted the youngster up by the arms and pulled him out of the overheated apartment.

‘‘The only way to describe the little boy was it was like a scene from World War II, from a concentration camp, he was that skinny. I mean, you could see all his bones,’’ Sauer said.

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